Meet the Supervisory Board members of Microjustice
Frank W. BakxChairperson
Frank W. Bakx has a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Frank is a senior rural development expert, with extensive international experience in agricultural and value chain financing. As employee of the Dutch Rabobank up to 2017, he served in various capacities mainly consulting the rural and financial sectors in developing countries and countries in transition. Prior to this, 11 years of long term assignments in Africa as adviser for agricultural sector planning and rural development. Frank boasts a broad international experience covering a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
While working in an international context and dealing with cultural differences Frank got convinced that access to rights is needed in all spheres of live, but the more so when people deal with local authorities and financial institutions. Awareness of such legal rights among the poor and marginalised is the starting point. Next, indiscriminate access to legal services needs to be assured for those people to participate in their society and gain a decent living.
Michiel Verweij studied land and water management and holds an MBA.
He has had an international career as project manager and consultant in water management, sanitation and agriculture in Africa and Latin America. Through his work, he realized that basic legal needs like property rights and being recognized as citizen are essential to any inclusive development endeavour. According to him, it is impossible to invest in water and sanitation if large numbers of people have no property rights, or for people to participate in catchment management if the rights relating to natural resources are not clearly defined.
Michiel believes that, by supporting men and women through Microjustice, companies and individuals come into a substantially better position to define development whether this regards economic, organizational, ecological, cultural or spiritual dimensions.
Joost SchretlenMember of the Supervisorz Board
Joost Schretlen (1965), is CEO of Segon and Senior partner in Finance Network Netherlands. Joost has a financial background and is an expert in financial structuring of (European funded) public-private entities, real estate en smart energy solutions. Next to that Joost is also a strategic advisor on housing and sustainability for several municipalities, provinces, ministeries, social housing cooperatives, parc management organisations for industrial zones and multi functional locations. Joost has worked for several banks (Rabobank, Unico Banking Group, Schretlen & Co, Van der Hoop Effectenbank), before starting his first company FNN in 2001. Joost has a master degree in business economics.
The creation of legal justice program in disturbed regions is conditional for a sustainable development of the involved local communities and refugees. The gap between the have and have- nots and the enourmous increase of refugees and social disturbances has motivated Joost to participate in this great organisation of MicroJustice.
Patricia van Nispen tot SevenaerFounding Director
Patricia van Nispen tot Sevenaer set up the Microjustice foundation in 1996, and has developed Microjustice ever since. She has led the organization through its different phases: its start in the former Yugoslavia working on the post-war rehabilitation of refugees, the development of Microjustice as a sustainable way to provide legal services in the international development cooperation, its start in Latin America and further development in Africa, and since 2018 developed the Legal Rights’ Protection Barometer and the digital Legal Aid Platform.
Patricia always wanted to do what she is doing now. This is why after her Masters in Law, she continued her postgraduate studies in International Relations and became inspired to focus on the ‘human aspects’ of international relations. According to her, a precondition for democracy and durable peace is that all people are legally protected and integrated in the system; thus, instead of speaking of abstract concepts such as ‘States’, one has to look beyond this concept: the people living within that State need to be protected. In Microjustice she has found the perfect way to engage in this in a structural way. Prior to creating Microjustice, she worked with a commercial law firm in Amsterdam (Houthoff Buruma; 1990-94) and with the UN in Rwanda, Malawi and Croatia (1994-96).
Vanja IlićProgramme Manager
Vanja has joined Microjustice in 2020, started working with the challenge to set up a Digital Legal Aid Platform In Serbia, and got passionate about the Microjustices’s structural way of helping people globally to become legally included in the system and enjoy their legal protection. Following the overall mission of Microjustice, Vanja become involved in worldwide core team and now taking a lead on all the current activites globally. Vanja see’s the beauty of MJ not only getting people to be legally empowered, but also that lawyers can build their legal capacity in a structural, standardized and quality manner in order to be able to build a new client base and grow on the market. Prior to starting the position in Microjustice, as a registered Attorney at law, Vanja worked with several law firms in Belgrade, Serbia focused mostly on a civil law, commercial law and dispute resolution.
Ronald ChuraHead of Development and Management of ICT
Ronald Grimaldi Chura Carlos, an ICT engineer, has worked with Microjusticia Peru (MJP) since its creation in September 2008, as part of an excellent interdisciplinary team that has been able to boost Microjustice in Peru in the regions of Puno, Cusco and Lima. He is responsible for all management, development, research and support related to ICT.
He feels glad to be able to use his professional skills to contribute to the work of an organization that helps the most vulnerable people to become legally empowered.
Bernard TaverneOrganizations Process Advisor
I joined Microjustice since end of 2018. I got inspired by the vision ans mission of MICROJUSTICE WORKING TOWARDS THE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION OF MARGINALIZED PEOPLE AND VICTIMS OF HUMANITARIAN DISASTER. My role is to support and advise Microjustice on the further development and streamlining the delivery of their programs to their clients. Starting point to get the right understanding of the problem and the need in legal empowerment. To deliver solutions faster, better and more cost efficient with an engaged projectteam (including our stakeholders) . With the purpose to implement sustainable programs so the partner organization in the country can deliver the legal empowerment services on their own.
Aleksandar PajićSenior ICT Officer
Aleksandar Pajić, a strong engineering professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Information Technology from Computer Science, joined to Microjustice since 2021. He has a passion for computers and web design. Skilled in HTML5 & CSS3, Google Website Optimizer, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, and Digital Marketing. Except from working in Microjustice, his previous experience in this filed was based also in collaboration with many well-known companies such as HBO, Citroen, Carnex and others. As ICT Senior developer of Microjustice , he is responsible for web development and design, with special focus on building the Microjustice Brand identity. He joined Microjustice with the aim to contribute to the organization goals, beeing in step with the modern century, by developing the tools in order to fill in the Justice gap.
Jelena VojnovićJunior ICT Officer
Jelena Vojnović is graduated engineer in the field of Information technology, currently attending the Study Program of Master of Academic Studies in Modern Information Technology. Her interests are focused on areas from the field of electronic business, social computing and digital marketing. Excited about the opportunity to improve and apply acquired knowledge and skills, as well as about the adoption of new ones, she has joined Microjustice in 2022. She is focused on ICT support and development of ideas and tools in order to implement Microjustice Marketing strategy. Jelena joined the work of the organization with the aim of better positioning of Microjustice in the market and successfully reaching the targeted audience.
Professionals with exceptional legal background and years of law expertise.
Miriam ColqueDirector of the Microjustice Bolivia
Miriam Colque Flores, before forming part of the Microjustice Bolivia team and the Global Microjustice Network, was a volunteer for several years with organizations that work to protect and promote human rights.
Joining this organization allowed her to continue helping people in need of legal attention and protection.
Andrea LeonSenior Legal Advisor
Andrea León Cabrera has joined Microjustice foundation because of his deep spirit of defending citizens and their rights, giving equal treatment to all people and collaborating in access to justice.
Andrea has always seek platforms that give her the ability to help people with her knowledge, which she has developed in extensive work experience in the public sector and studies in constitutional law, regulatory development and human rights.
Provide access to the Justice for the most vulnerable sectors is essential.
Mireya PomaLegal Advisor
She is a lawyer by profession, and joined the Microjusticia Bolivia team in 2015, being in charge of the legal sponsorship of judicial and administrative processes of regularization and regularization of urban property rights, among other cases handled by the Foundation.
Currently, she is responsible for the Social Area of Microjusticia Bolivia, and her desire is to contribute with her work to the continuity of the Foundation’s activities, in order to make possible the exercise of their rights and access to justice for vulnerable sectors and the general population who use the services of Microjusticia Bolivia.